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State of Connecticut Labor Situation Last Updated: July 21, 2022
Connecticut June jobless rate down to 4.0% as nonfarm industry payrolls gain 1,700 Connecticut Labor Situation - June 2022 PDF
WETHERSFIELD, July 21, 2022 - The Nutmeg State's unemployment rate continued to decline in June 2022, dropping another two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.0%, while the number of nonfarm payroll jobs increased again by 1,700 (0.1%) to 1,651,000 (both preliminary, seasonally adjusted). Connecticut's nonfarm payroll employment level is now 39,000 (2.4%) positions higher than in June 2021. Connecticut has now recovered 83.4% (241,400) of the 289,400 nonfarm positions lost in the March/April 2020 COVID lockdown. The originally released May 2022 job gain of 1,600 was revised higher by 800 positions to a 2,400-job monthly gain (0.1%). These two survey-based labor statistics are produced by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in cooperation with their state partners.

"Connecticut gained jobs every month in the first half of 2022 and the unemployment rate has fallen five months in a row," said Patrick Flaherty, Director of the Office of Research at the Connecticut Department of Labor. "Manufacturing continues to be a star performer with jobs up 3,400 since December. Labor force growth also accelerated in 2022, increasing an average of 7,900 per month so far this year."

Nonfarm Jobs Detail (business establishment survey)
Connecticut's Private Sector employment gained 900 jobs (0.1%) in June 2022 to 1,427,500 and is higher by 40,200 positions (2.9%) from the June 2021 level. The state's Private Sector is 86.9% recovered from the April 2020 COVID employment low. The Government supersector was also higher last month by 800 jobs (0.4%) to a level of 223,500. However, this is 1,200 positions (-0.5%) lower than the June 2021 total government levels. The public sector is 44.1% recovered from the COVID lockdown. The Government supersector in Connecticut consists of all federal, state, local, and tribal government employment, including public education and Native American casino employment located on reservations.

Six of the ten major industry supersectors produced employment gains, while three declined, and other services was unchanged.

The seven Connecticut industry supersectors that increased or were unchanged in June 2022:

The three industry supersectors that declined:

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Jun 2022 Jun 2021 Change Rate % Jun 2022 May 2022 Change Rate % Apr 2022 Mar 2022 Feb 2022
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,651,000 1,612,000 39,000 2.4% 1,651,000 1,649,300 1,700 0.1% 1,646,900 1,645,500 1,641,800
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,427,500 1,387,300 40,200 2.9% 1,427,500 1,426,600 900 0.1% 1,423,100 1,420,900 1,416,200
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 59,300 58,700 600 1.0% 59,300 61,100 -1,800 -2.9% 62,700 62,300 61,400
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 159,800 152,200 7,600 5.0% 159,800 159,200 600 0.4% 159,200 158,300 158,100
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Trade, Transportation and Utilities 295,900 290,300 5,600 1.9% 295,900 295,600 300 0.1% 294,900 296,300 296,900
go to Information sector data table Information 30,300 29,900 400 1.3% 30,300 30,400 -100 -0.3% 29,900 30,800 30,700
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 119,300 117,400 1,900 1.6% 119,300 119,200 100 0.1% 118,100 117,900 118,300
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 218,200 213,000 5,200 2.4% 218,200 216,900 1,300 0.6% 215,800 215,800 212,100
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 335,800 333,000 2,800 0.8% 335,800 335,100 700 0.2% 334,000 334,400 334,000
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 147,400 134,600 12,800 9.5% 147,400 147,600 -200 -0.1% 147,700 144,500 144,100
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 61,000 57,700 3,300 5.7% 61,000 61,000 0 0.0% 60,300 60,000 60,000
go to Government sector data table Government 223,500 224,700 -1,200 -0.5% 223,500 222,700 800 0.4% 223,800 224,600 225,600
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 151,980,000 145,698,000 6,282,000 4.3% 151,980,000 151,608,000 372,000 0.2% 151,224,000 150,856,000 150,458,000
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Connecticut Labor Market Areas (LMAs): Two of the six larger Connecticut LMAs, that are seasonally adjusted by the BLS, put forth employment gains, while three regions declined, and the Danbury LMA (0.0%, 74,300) was unchanged in June 2022. The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (0.3%, 569,700) added 1,700 positions to lead this month in numerical gains while the Waterbury LMA (0.9%, 66,000) was the biggest percentage gainer, adding 600 jobs. The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (-0.7%, 390,200) declined by 2,600 positions. The New Haven LMA also lost 1,000 jobs ( 0.3%, 291,000) while the Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA (-0.1%, 120,700) was just down slightly, dropping 100 positions.

June May April March June Over Month Over Year
Seasonally Adjusted data   2022 P 2022 R 2022 2022 2021 Change Rate   Change Rate
  Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk 390,200 392,800 392,800 394,700 384,300 -2,600 -0.7% 5,900 1.5%
  Danbury  74,300 74,300 74,800 74,900 73,400 0 0.0% 900 1.2%
  Hartford 569,700 568,000 568,600 567,800 555,900 1,700 0.3% 13,800 2.5%
  New Haven 291,000 292,000 293,500 294,500 286,200 -1,000 -0.3% 4,800 1.7%
  Norwich-New London-Westerly, RI  120,700 120,800 120,200 119,200 118,000 -100 -0.1% 2,700 2.3%
  Waterbury  66,000 65,400 65,500 65,600 64,200 600 0.9% 1,800 2.8%
Not Seasonally Adjusted data (Non-Classified Areas, State estimated - not BLS)
  Enfield 42,100 41,700 40,900 41,000 41,600 400 1.0% 500 1.2%
  Torrington-Northwest 32,900 32,200 31,000 31,200 31,800 700 2.2% 1,100 3.5%
  Danielson-Northeast 27,000 26,800 26,200 26,100 26,600 200 0.7% 400 1.5%
* Less than 0.05%       ** Includes Native American tribal government employment          P = Preliminary R = Revised

Note: Six major Connecticut LMAs are estimated independently from the statewide data by the BLS and cover more than 90% of the nonfarm employment in the state. Thus, estimates will not fully sum to the statewide total.

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Hours and Earnings: The June 2022 Private Sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 33.9 hours. This is unchanged from the year ago June 2021 estimate. Average hourly earnings at $33.96, not seasonally adjusted, were up by $0.36 (1.1%) from the June 2021 estimate of $33.60. The resulting June 2022 Private Sector weekly wage averaged $1,151.24, higher by $12.20 from a year ago (1.1%, $1,139.04).

   AVG WEEKLY EARNINGS    AVG WEEKLY HOURS   AVG HOURLY EARNINGS
Jun CHG May             Jun CHG May               Jun CHG May
(Not seasonally adjusted) 2022 2021 Y/Y 2022 2022 2021 Y/Y 2022 2022 2021 Y/Y 2022
PRODUCTION WORKER                      
MANUFACTURING $1,127.09 $1,081.47 $45.62 $1,138.02 41.0 39.0 2.0 40.6 $27.49 $27.73 -$0.24 $28.03
 DURABLE GOODS 1,202.12 1,151.88 50.24 1,224.90 41.0 39.3 1.7 40.6 29.32 29.31 0.01 30.17
 NON-DUR. GOODS 915.94 862.60 53.34 902.90 41.0 38.0 3.0 40.8 22.34 22.70 -0.36 22.13
CONSTRUCTION 1,318.96 1,444.67 -125.70 1,322.16 38.6 41.1 -2.5 39.8 34.17 35.15 -0.98 33.22
                   
ALL EMPLOYEES                        
STATEWIDE                  
TOTAL PRIVATE 1,151.24 1,139.04 12.20 1,185.71 33.9 33.9 0.0 34.2 33.96 33.60 0.36 34.67
GOODS PRODUCING 1,458.74 1,416.35 42.39 1,479.01 39.9 38.9 1.0 40.3 36.56 36.41 0.15 36.70
   Construction 1,449.04 1,477.84 -28.80 1,491.13 38.6 39.2 -0.6 39.7 37.54 37.70 -0.16 37.56
   Manufacturing 1,425.81 1,355.44 70.37 1,427.10 40.3 38.3 2.0 40.2 35.38 35.39 -0.01 35.50
SERVICE PROVIDING 1,094.86 1,089.00 5.86 1,132.68 32.8 33.0 -0.2 33.1 33.38 33.00 0.38 34.22
   Trade, Transp., Utilities 930.56 971.17 -40.61 949.28 32.3 33.5 -1.2 32.7 28.81 28.99 -0.18 29.03
   Financial Activities 1,930.62 2,006.98 -76.36 2,021.54 37.7 38.7 -1.0 37.8 51.21 51.86 -0.65 53.48
   Prof. & Business Serv. 1,415.18 1,290.08 125.10 1,440.59 35.9 35.2 0.7 35.8 39.42 36.65 2.77 40.24
   Education & Health Ser. 1,047.13 1,050.12 -2.99 1,049.93 33.2 33.2 0.0 33.1 31.54 31.63 -0.09 31.72
   Leisure & Hospitality 550.02 491.49 58.53 556.92 25.3 25.4 -0.1 26.0 21.74 19.35 2.39 21.42
   Other Services 898.20 789.64 108.56 932.97 29.9 29.3 0.6 30.7 30.04 26.95 3.09 30.39
LABOR MARKET AREAS: TOTAL PRIVATE              
   Bridgeport-Stamford 1,248.92 1,243.42 5.50 1,301.42 33.7 33.3 0.4 33.9 37.06 37.34 -0.28 38.39
   Danbury 1,312.99 1,122.50 190.49 1,352.55 37.6 35.1 2.5 38.1 34.92 31.98 2.94 35.50
   Hartford 1,202.92 1,193.15 9.77 1,224.85 34.0 35.0 -1.0 34.3 35.38 34.09 1.29 35.71
   New Haven 1,112.44 1,101.20 11.24 1,136.81 33.7 33.4 0.3 34.2 33.01 32.97 0.04 33.24
   Norwich-New London 933.08 910.53 22.55 936.64 32.5 32.8 -0.3 32.0 28.71 27.76 0.95 29.27
   Waterbury 882.02 868.10 13.92 906.92 31.2 30.3 0.9 31.9 28.27 28.65 -0.38 28.43

Information for the manufacturing production workweek and earnings can be found in the table section of this release under the "Hours and Earnings" data category. Current all-employee private sector hours and earnings estimates can be volatile due to fluctuating sample responses.

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The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 1.3 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 1.0 percent in May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 9.1 percent before seasonal adjustment.

The increase was broad-based, with the indexes for gasoline, shelter, and food being the largest contributors. The energy index rose 7.5 percent over the month and contributed nearly half of the all items increase, with the gasoline index rising 11.2 percent and the other major component indexes also rising. The food index rose 1.0 percent in June, as did the food at home index.

The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.7 percent in June, after increasing 0.6 percent in the preceding two months. While almost all major component indexes increased over the month, the largest contributors were the indexes for shelter, used cars and trucks, medical care, motor vehicle insurance, and new vehicles. The indexes for motor vehicle repair, apparel, household furnishings and operations, and recreation also increased in June. Among the few major component indexes to decline in June were lodging away from home and airline fares.

The all items index increased 9.1 percent for the 12 months ending June, the largest 12-month increase since the period ending November 1981. The all items less food and energy index rose 5.9 percent over the last 12 months. The energy index rose 41.6 percent over the last year, the largest 12-month increase since the period ending April 1980. The food index increased 10.4 percent for the 12-months ending June, the largest 12-month increase since the period ending February 1981.


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 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate
The June 2022 unemployment rate for Connecticut was estimated by the BLS Local Area Unemployment Statistics program (LAUS) to be 4.0% (seasonally adjusted), lower by two-tenths of a percentage point from the May 2022 level of 4.2%. The Connecticut unemployment rate was 6.7% in June 2021. The Connecticut unemployment was 3.4% in February 2020 just before the COVID lockdown. The U.S. unemployment rate for June 2022 was 3.6%, unchanged from May 2022 and down from the June 2021 jobless rate of 5.9%. The US jobless rate has remained at 3.6% since March 2022.
Month 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons
Jan  6.0 5.7 -0.3 5.2 4.8 -0.4 4.6 4.7 0.1 4.2 4.0 -0.2 3.7 4.0 0.3 3.4 3.5 0.1 7.3 6.4 -0.9 5.3 4.0 -1.3
Feb  5.9 5.5 -0.4 5.2 4.9 -0.3 4.5 4.6 0.1 4.2 4.1 -0.1 3.6 3.8 0.2 3.4 3.5 0.1 7.2 6.2 -1.0 4.9 3.8 -1.1
Mar  5.8 5.4 -0.4 5.1 5.0 -0.1 4.5 4.4 -0.1 4.1 4.0 -0.1 3.6 3.8 0.2 3.4 4.4 1.0 7.0 6.0 -1.0 4.6 3.6 -1.0
Apr  5.8 5.4 -0.4 5.0 5.1 0.1 4.5 4.4 -0.1 4.0 4.0 0.0 3.5 3.6 0.1 8.0 14.7 6.7 7.0 6.0 -1.0 4.4 3.6 -0.8
May  5.7 5.6 -0.1 4.9 4.8 -0.1 4.4 4.4 0.0 4.0 3.8 -0.2 3.5 3.6 0.1 11.4 13.2 1.8 6.7 5.8 -0.9 4.2 3.6 -0.6
Jun  5.6 5.3 -0.3 4.9 4.9 0.0 4.4 4.3 -0.1 3.9 4.0 0.1 3.5 3.6 0.1 11.1 11.0 -0.1 6.7 5.9 -0.8 4.0 3.6 -0.4
Jul  5.6 5.2 -0.4 4.8 4.8 0.0 4.4 4.3 -0.1 3.9 3.8 -0.1 3.5 3.7 0.2 11.2 10.2 -1.0 6.3 5.4 -0.9
Aug  5.5 5.1 -0.4 4.7 4.9 0.2 4.4 4.4 0.0 3.8 3.8 0.0 3.5 3.7 0.2 9.5 8.4 -1.1 6.1 5.2 -0.9
Sep  5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.7 5.0 0.3 4.4 4.3 -0.1 3.8 3.7 -0.1 3.5 3.5 0.0 8.9 7.9 -1.0 5.6 4.7 -0.9
Oct  5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.7 4.9 0.2 4.3 4.2 -0.1 3.8 3.8 0.0 3.5 3.6 0.1 8.1 6.9 -1.2 5.4 4.6 -0.8
Nov  5.4 5.1 -0.3 4.6 4.7 0.1 4.3 4.2 -0.1 3.8 3.8 0.0 3.5 3.6 0.1 7.8 6.7 -1.1 5.2 4.2 -1.0
Dec  5.3 5.0 -0.3 4.6 4.7 0.1 4.3 4.1 -0.2 3.7 3.9 0.2 3.5 3.6 0.1 7.7 6.7 -1.0 5.1 3.9 -1.2

The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate and labor force estimates are based on a household survey, and measure the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Job and employment estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month's value.

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 Labor Force / Residents Employed / Residents Unemployed
Unemployment claims for first-time filers (seasonally adjusted) in Connecticut were an average of 1,800 per week in June 2022, down by 1,266 (-41.3%) from the May 2022 (3,066) level and lower by 2,309 claims (-56.2%) than the average weekly count of 4,109 in June 2021. Average weekly unemployment claims in June 2022 were affected by the transition to ReEmployCT, Connecticut's modernized unemployment insurance system.
Month  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Jan   1,885.9 1,787.0 98.9 1,924.2 1,836.3 87.9 1,914.1 1,833.5 80.6 1,942.9 1,871.4 71.6 1,955.9 1,888.5 67.4 1,847.2 1,712.3 134.9 1,867.3 1,768.5 98.8
Feb   1,886.9 1,789.4 97.5 1,927.4 1,840.1 87.3 1,917.0 1,837.4 79.6 1,943.6 1,873.1 70.4 1,950.8 1,883.9 66.8 1,846.7 1,714.6 132.1 1,869.1 1,778.0 91.1
Mar   1,888.1 1,792.1 96.0 1,929.7 1,842.9 86.8 1,921.3 1,842.8 78.6 1,944.2 1,874.9 69.3 1,944.8 1,878.9 65.9 1,847.9 1,718.9 129.0 1,879.3 1,793.2 86.1
Apr   1,889.3 1,794.8 94.5 1,930.6 1,844.3 86.2 1,926.1 1,848.6 77.5 1,945.1 1,876.8 68.3 1,840.8 1,694.4 146.4 1,853.8 1,724.2 129.5 1,887.9 1,804.2 83.7
May   1,890.7 1,797.5 93.2 1,930.1 1,844.5 85.6 1,930.1 1,853.6 76.5 1,946.7 1,879.0 67.7 1,915.3 1,696.3 219.0 1,853.9 1,730.2 123.7 1,895.1 1,816.4 78.7
Jun   1,892.1 1,800.1 92.0 1,928.2 1,843.2 85.0 1,933.0 1,857.5 75.5 1,948.9 1,881.3 67.6 1,908.3 1,697.0 211.4 1,861.5 1,736.4 125.0 1,901.3 1,825.3 76.0
Jul   1,893.5 1,802.7 90.9 1,925.5 1,840.9 84.6 1,935.0 1,860.4 74.6 1,951.2 1,883.2 68.0 1,916.7 1,702.6 214.1 1,859.9 1,742.2 117.7
Aug   1,895.0 1,805.2 89.8 1,922.2 1,838.0 84.2 1,936.5 1,862.7 73.8 1,953.3 1,885.0 68.4 1,884.3 1,705.7 178.6 1,861.4 1,748.7 112.7
Sep   1,896.7 1,807.6 89.0 1,918.8 1,835.0 83.7 1,938.0 1,864.6 73.4 1,955.5 1,887.1 68.4 1,878.4 1,710.5 168.0 1,859.1 1,754.4 104.6
Oct   1,898.6 1,810.0 88.6 1,915.9 1,832.7 83.1 1,939.3 1,866.2 73.1 1,957.6 1,889.4 68.2 1,861.1 1,710.9 150.1 1,860.5 1,759.6 100.9
Nov   1,900.8 1,812.7 88.1 1,913.9 1,831.4 82.5 1,940.7 1,867.8 72.8 1,959.2 1,891.1 68.1 1,856.1 1,711.5 144.6 1,856.3 1,759.7 96.6
Dec   1,903.6 1,815.9 87.7 1,913.2 1,831.6 81.6 1,941.9 1,869.6 72.3 1,958.8 1,891.0 67.9 1,853.8 1,711.5 142.3 1,853.7 1,759.1 94.7
The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate and labor force estimates are based on a household survey, and measure the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Job and employment estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month's value.
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